Chase Claypool Fantasy Outlook Includes Immediate Upside in Week 1

Larry Rupp
Chase Claypool's Week 1 fantasy outlook makes him an immediate redzone threat.
Chase Claypool's Week 1 fantasy outlook makes him an immediate redzone threat. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Chase Claypool in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft (No. 49 overall) and the hype surrounding him has not stopped building since. With a 6-foot-4, 240 lb. frame, Claypool slides into the No. 4 wide receiver role on the team as a rookie.

Chase Claypool Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

The Steelers have a lot of offensive weapons, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been known to spread the ball around throughout his career. Claypool is much bigger than any of the other wide receivers on the team and becomes an immediate threat in the redzone. This is a part of his game that greatly improved during his time as Notre Dame.

After scoring just 6 touchdowns in his first three years, Claypool posted 13 touchdowns in his last year with the Fighting Irish, also racked up over 1,000 receiving yards. He also posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, which was one of the fastest times for a player of his height and weight. He has the intangibles of a great player, but needs to show it out on the field.

Facing a New York Giants' defense that ranked in the bottom fifth of the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (264.1), Claypool has an opportunity to make an impact right away. In fact, the Giants gave up the second-most touchdown to wide receiver in the NFL last season (22). With Dionate Johnson a bit banged up, Claypool could be a threat Steelers reach the red zone Monday night.

Claypool doesn't crack the top 36 wide receivers in our Week 1 fantasy football rankings. It is yet to be seen how he will be used in this offense, but the threat that he creates in the redzone alone makes him a great stash in deep fantasy football leagues.

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